Hannah Cole was overcome with excitement and pride when she was told she was chosen to be valedictorian for Transcona Collegiate.
"The other candidates were extremely deserving, so I experienced a moment of shock," she said. "I knew that I immediately had to run and tell my mom, who I knew would be super happy and proud of me. "
To earn this honour, Hannah was involved within the school in many ways—in band, jazz band, and choir, as performing arts leadership group chair, and as an active member of student council. She also played volleyball and was a member and co-chair of the Global Issues Club.
"I'm proud to have been part of the school's community and truly feel like I was involved and made the most of my time at Transcona Collegiate," she said.
Her favourite class this past year was band. She enjoyed it the most because she got to spend time with the people she's closest with and could play music with them, which is her favourite activity.
Graduating during a pandemic has been strange. It doesn't feel completely real to her that school is coming to an end. What keeps her optimistic is the knowledge that there will be better days ahead, and because of this crazy year, she will have the gift of being able to appreciate everything a little more.
Her plans for the future include attending the University of Manitoba in the faculty of music. After two years of general music courses, she plans to branch off into the education stream for four additional years with the goal of becoming an early year music teacher.
A passage from Hannah's valedictory address: "'It feels like the story is coming to an end. However, the stories of our lives have so much more in store. We have only read the first chapter.' This quote resonates with me because I feel that it shares hope. I am someone who always looks for the silver lining of a situation. I do feel sad that high school is over. What helps me during this time is to remember to look on the positive side."